MR imaging of the heart valve leaflets is a challenging problem due to their large movements throughout the cardiac cycle. This paper presents a motion-compensated imaging approach with COMB tagging for valve imaging. It involves an automatic method for tracking the full 3D motion of the valve plane so as to provide a motion-tracked acquisition scheme. Super-resolution enhancement is then applied to the slice-select direction so that the partial vol-ume effect is minimised. In vivo results have shown that in terms of slice posi-tioning, the method leads to accuracy equivalent to a manual approach whilst being quicker and more consistent. The use of multiple parallel COMB tags will permit adaptive imaging that follows tissue motion. This will have signifi-cant implications for quantification of cardiac function and tracking anatomy, functions that are traditionally difficult in MRI.
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